Standing Together …… An Anti-Bullying Policy

 Philosophy

Every person at Bethany College has the right to experience positive and respectful relationships between all members of the school community: staff, students, parents and clergy. They also have the right to learn and teach in a happy and safe environment. We believe that bullying devalues, isolates and frightens people so that they no longer believe in their ability to achieve and contribute. Therefore we will not tolerate any form of bullying at BethanyCollege.

Our Definition of Bullying

Bullying occurs when someone repeatedly experiences hurtful behaviour from another person or persons.

Bullying can take many forms. We consider the following behaviours to be some examples of bullying:

  • Verbal, including name calling, teasing, racist remarks, sexist comments, put downs etc.
  • Non verbal, such as obscene gestures or inappropriate acts.
  • Physical, including pushing, hitting tripping, hair pulling, stealing, hiding or damaging property.
  • Social such as alienating or ignoring someone or spreading rumours
  • Psychological such as being threatened by dirty looks, staring, deliberate turning away.
  • Sexual harassment such as sexist comments or inappropriate acts
  • E-bullying such as inappropriate text messages, emails, chat room gossip and displaying photographs on social networking sites without permission. ( see advice on cyber bullying in the College diary)

Responses to bullying at Bethany College 

 All members of the school community must play their part in preventing bullying. We will:

  • openly talk about  bullying- what it is, how it affects us and what we can do about it
  • work towards providing a safe environment to inform
  • take all reports of bullying seriously
  • educate students in definitions of bullying and ways to respond to bullying.

Responsibilities of students:

In addition students have the following responsibilities:

  • Report all incidents of bullying, whether it is happening to you or someone else.
  • Help anyone who is  being bullied.
  • Build positive relationships so that bullying does not occur.

 Responsibilities of staff:

 In addition staff have the following responsibilities:

  • Be positive role models in relationships with others.
  • Deal with all reported and observed incidents of bullying as set out in this policy.
  • Educate students in ways to prevent bullying.
  • Ensure that students are actively supervised at all times.
  • Respect the privacy of the individuals involved in a bullying situation.

 Responsibilities of parents/guardians:

 In addition parents and guardians have the following responsibilities:

  • To reinforce the view that bullying is not acceptable at BethanyCollege.
  • To discuss this policy with your daughter
  • To watch for signs that your daughter may be being bullied.
  • To speak to someone on staff at Bethany College if your daughter is being bullied or you suspect that this is happening.
  • To encourage your daughter to inform if she is being bullied.

Dealing with bullying at Bethany College

All reports of bullying will be taken seriously.  They will be reported and tracked using Sentral Student Wellbeing Package. The College will adopt a range of responses depending on the nature of the bullying.

Bullying can be reported in any way the student feels comfortable, including emailing a teacher or Year Coordinator.

For issues of dealing with Staff bullying or harassment, refer to the CEO “Countering Harassment” Policy on the CEO website or in the AP’s office.

Strategies 

  • Each Year Coordinator will conduct a PC session on Bullying, making references to the Anti-Bullying Policy.
  • Year Coordinators will discuss the draft policy with their Year Team for endorsement.
  • The Principal will make reference to Bullying in regular newsletters this year, making reference to our policy and giving definitions of bullying.
  • A survey will be designed and students will be surveyed to determine the extent of bullying at BethanyCollege.
  • Incorporate anti-bullying policy into Student Diary and Staff Policies.
  • Incorporate our  ‘Standing Together’-anti-bullying policy into the program for the Year 8 Reflection Day.
  • Promotion of positive behaviours

 E-bullying or Cyberbullying:

“Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, mobile phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Websites, and defamatory online personal polling Websites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others”. Bill Belsy.

Cyberbullying breaches our College’s “ICT Student Acceptable Use Policy” outlined on the following pages.

What can you do to prevent cyberbullying?

•  Never give out personal information or passwords, PIN numbers, etc.

•  Use netiquette.

•  Don’t send a message to someone else when you are angry.

•  Don’t open a message from someone you don’t know.

•  You don’t have to be “always on”. Turn off, disconnect, unplug, try actual reality instead of virtual reality!

What to do if you are being cyberbullied?

•  Do not keep this to yourself!

•  Tell an adult you know and trust.

•  Do not reply.

•  Do not delete message from cyberbullies. Keep it as your evidence.

•  Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or mobile phone/pager service.

Dealing with bullying at Bethany College:

All reports of bullying will be taken seriously and the College will adopt a range of responses depending on the nature of the bullying.

Bullying can be reported in any way the student feels comfortable, including emailing a teacher of Year Coordinator.

For issues of dealing with staff bullying or harassment, refer to the CEO “Countering Harassment” Policy at:

 CEO Sydney Anti-Bulling Policy

“Working Together:  Anti-Bullying in Sydney Catholic Schools”

College Counsellor:  Ms Katerina Stratilas  8566 a0711

Police Youth Liaison Officer: Constable Judith Piazetta    9375 8599

School Liaison Officer: Senior Constable Belinda Prince    9375 8599

Community Service Helpline 133 627

NSW Health               1800 022 222

Useful Websites:

www.cybersmart.com.au 

www.bullyingnoway.com.au

www.kidshelp.com.au